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Something I've noticed some inconsistency with lately, which we don't yet have a policy to address, is the formatting of thumbnails on articles. We decided a while ago that we were going with 250px main infobox images, but this makes it critical to use 180px thumbnails throughout any part of the article that is beside the infobox.

When we format an article, we have to consider the way it will look on the worst possible screen. I generally assume that this will be an Internet Explorer window at 800x600 resolution, viewed by a user who is not logged in and therefore does not have any personal CSS customizations. (Let us not get bogged down in browser/OS evangelism or discuss the merits of web advertisements. This is simply my observation based on browser/OS marketshare, Windows default settings, and the Wookieepedia userbase.)

In this situation, using thumbnails larger than 180px causes the entire content area to get shifted down below the infobox, and using smaller thumbs causes the text to get bunched up in a narrow column between the thumbnail and the infobox.

Now this obviously will change when or if Wikia ever does away with sidebar ads and/or we change our main skin away from the current Monobook variation. But for now, I think we need a policy about consistent infobox and thumbnail combinations.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Or can we codify this in the MoS? -- Darth Culator (Talk)(TINC) 15:25, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

  • That's some good points. I try to consider smaller screen resolutions and keep images reasonably sized. On wikipedia, they prefer to leave off the image width and let the user's thumbnail preference do it. I don't like that because that makes them all the same size. Some guidelines (not rules) for image sizes might be a good thing to add to our MoS. -Fnlayson 15:46, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
  • I wasn't aware of the that is was preferable to use 180px thumbnails on images to the left of infoboxes. I'll try to remember that from now on. - JMAS 17:22, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
    • We don't actually have a set policy on it, which is why I made it a bullet point on the Mofference agenda. I'll have a page with screenshots up in a few days that illustrates the issue better. -- Darth Culator (Talk)(TINC) 17:42, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

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